The Prime Minister backed Hull to win 1-0 today because the city has a rivalry with Scunthorpe, where his wife Samantha’s family estate is based, and claimed that he wanted to “extend the hand of friendship”.
West Ham were tipped to beat Manchester United 2-1 because vice chairman Karren Brady is helping the PM “bat for British business” while Norwich won support as Mr Cameron is a fan of the club’s majority shareholder Delia Smith’s “brilliant” cookbooks.
Mr Cameron made the predictions during filming in Camp Bastion, Afghanistan, for a special episode of BBC 1’s Football Focus airing tomorrow following the launch a new UK-Afghan football partnership to develop a league system there.
The Prime Minister, who is an Aston Villa fan, claimed that his team would win 2-0 against Stoke, telling the show Christian Benteke is “gonna pop them in the back of the net”.
Running through the fixture list for the next few days, Mr Cameron said: “Ooo, I like West Ham so why don’t we go West Ham 2, Manchester United 1.”
Asked by the show’s presenter Dan Walker why he liked the team, the Prime Minister replied: “Because Karren Brady came with me on my trip to China and she’s helping me bat for British business, so that’s good enough for me.”
When it came to Sunderland against Norwich, he said: “I quite like Norwich, bit of a Delia Smith fan so let’s give this one to Norwich.”
Next up was West Brom-wich Albion against Hull, to which he replied: “My wife is from Scunthorpe, they don’t like Hull very much but we’ll try and extend the hand of friendship and we’ll go for Hull 1-0.”
Told that all his predictions were “based around women”, Mr Cameron replied: “If you don’t know much about football you’ve got to go with something haven’t you?”
His predictions were: Liverpool 2 Cardiff 0, Crystal Palace 1 Newcastle 2, Fulham 0 Man City 3, Man United 1 West Ham 2, Stoke 0 Villa 2, Sunderland 0 Norwich 2, West Brom 0 Hull 1, Southampton 0 Spurs 1, Swansea 3 Everton 0 and Arsenal 1 Chelsea 2.